Melanie Nathan

Melanie Nathan is an activist for equality and a human rights advocate who writes and speaks about ending prejudice and discrimination against sexuality minorities. Melanie was born South Africa, where she practiced as an attorney during the apartheid era. She now has an advocacy and conflict resolution practice in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

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Still no justice for murdered South African lesbian activist Noxolo Nogwaza

Noxolo Nogwaza
Wednesday marks the two year anniversary of the brutal death of Noxolo Nogwaza, a South African lesbian and LGBT rights activist. In 2011, 24-year-old Noxolo, organizer of the Ekurhuleni Pride Committee, was murdered in South Africa, while on her way ...

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When Harvey met Sally…

Sally Miller Gearhart (left) with Melanie Nathan.
Had Harvey Milk lived he might have been the one to set the benchmark for full equality, something our LGBT movement has yet to do. Harvey did not survive and never had the opportunity, yet his legacy has provided inspiration ...

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David Kato remembered: A hero then, and a hero now

David Kato advocated for the freedom of LGBTI Ugandans and for their right to their natural born sexual orientation in a heightened climate of hostility and homophobia ... Today on this second anniversary of the death of Kato, his friends, ...

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Federal judge considers dismissal of suit against anti-gay pastor Scott Lively

Activists gather outside Massachusetts courthouse Monday in support of gay Ugandans.Photo: © Joe Oliverio.
A crowd of U.S. LGBT activists, holding signs outside the Hampden Federal Courthouse in Massachusetts, braved the early morning cold to support Uganda’s LGBTI community in the first case of its type on U.S. soil, where opening arguments commenced today ...

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Scott Lively argument set for next week as persecution of gays escalates in Uganda

Scott Lively
When Scott Lively, the founder of Christian Evangelical group Abiding Truth Ministries journeyed to Uganda to incite the persecution of gays, he had no idea that his mission would lead to a lawsuit by Ugandans, on U.S. soil, charging that ...

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South Africa first to recognize gay flag as an official national symbol

The South African government has announced in the official Government Gazette that Gay Flag of South Africa has been approved and accepted as South Africa’s official gay flag (an adaptation of the international gay flag and the South African national ...

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Murder suspect arrested in brutal slaying of LGBT volunteer in South Africa

A suspect has been arrested in the brutal murder of Thapelo Makuthle in Kuruman, near Kimberley, Northern Cape, South Africa. ...

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Police in Uganda raid workshop on gay rights, arrest LGBT activists

Police in Kampala, Uganda on Monday raided a gay rights meeting and arrested several LGBT activists gathered at the Essela Hotel in Najjeera, a Kampala suburb, accusing the participants of “propagating gay issues in Uganda.” ...

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Memorial Day includes gay and lesbian Americans, while the law does not

While all Americans have a right to serve openly in the military, without regard to sexual orientation, thanks to the repeal of the ‘Don’t ask don’t tell’ law, LGBT servicemembers still suffer rampant discrimination with regard to marriage equality, green ...

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Tyler Clementi gets no justice

Tyler Clementi
Tyler Clementi was bullied to death and the Judge heard guilty 288 times, yet sentenced his convicted antagonist to 30 days, 300 hours of community service and a $10,000 donation. While I do not doubt that Ravi was put through ...

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